APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 Oct

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 Oct

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October 6, 2017
Events & Community Service Committee Meeting
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October 9, 2017
2018 Statewide Conference Committee Kick-off Meeting
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October 10, 2017
AZBEX Public Works Conference
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October 13, 2017
SAVE International Module 1 Certification Course
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October 18, 2017
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October 18, 2017
APWA Luncheon
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October 25, 2017
Saint Vincent De Paul Dream Center Tutoring
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October 26, 2017
Education and Training Committee Meeting
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This month let’s talk about the events that are happening with our Chapter over the next few months and how you can get involved.

* First up is our end of year Membership Drive. I am excited to say we have had several members join the membership committee, you will notice them at all our meetings as greeters and will also be available to answer any questions regarding membership. For the next several months we are offering to all new members who apply a $100 credit towards your registration for the 2018 Annual Statewide Conference in August.  This is in addition to the" Half Off Membership Fee" offered by APWA National for first time members. Our goal is to increase our membership total to 1000 members by the end of the year, currently we are at 825. How can you help?  Refer or Recruit a new member and get your name in a drawing to win a $200 gift card. Click here for a Membership Application

* Oct 25th is our annual Service Day at St Vincent De Paul...... Please consider joining us this year, I promise you won’t regret it. We need volunteers to help with after school engineering projects that our team has organized, and with dinner service. This is a great opportunity for your company to participate in a local community project.  See the flyer below for details. 

* November 6 -8th our Education Committee will be holding Module 3 of the Public Works Institute. We need instructors for various topics. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge. Please contact Wendy Springborn at the City of Tempe.  wendy_springborn@tempe.gov for details and topics.

* Finally, details of our December Holiday Party raffle will be coming soon. All money raised from the raffle will be donated to a charity of your choice. I will be asking for suggestions at the next luncheon. If you would like to donate items to be raffled or sponsor a gift, please contact me directly. Items will include Gift baskets, Wine, Golf packages, Hotel Stays and more.

Loretta Flick

APWA Luncheon Program: 

Oct 18th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Phoenix Country Club

Topic: Valley Mayors Present Municipal Budgets and Priorities for Infrastructure
Sign up for our next luncheon where the distinguished panel includes Mayors from City of Maricopa, City of Tempe, City of El Mirage, and the City of Mesa with Registration at http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10769

Don't miss our upcoming events including our Networking Mixer!!

We’re looking for more Volunteers…

The Events and Community Outreach committee is looking for more volunteers to help us at Saint Vincent De Paul (SVDP). Volunteers will be split into two groups, (assisting with the dinner service or helping the children with homework). We have an engineering activity lined up for the kids once their homework is done. This is a great opportunity to teach our youth about public works, make a difference in their lives and get your volunteer hours in all at the same time.  Please feel free to invite your co-workers, friends, family, etc.  Children ages 9 and up are welcome.  See below for more information:

New Committee for Arizona Chapter

The Arizona Chapter is forming a new committee called UPROW which is short for Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way. This new committee aligns with National’s UPROW committee which is focused on providing education and information to help raise awareness of utility damage prevention methodology and promotes the most effective use of public rights-of-way. Anyone interested in learning more about this committee can contact Al Field at 602.616.3618 or Al.Field@AlField-Assoc.com

Addition to the APWA Arizona Chapter Board

Sandy Niebel was recently approved by the Board as a Director of the Arizona Chapter. The position recently became available when Chris Turner-Noteware resigned to move to Dallas, Texas. Sandy was runner up in our last election and next in line for the position. Sandy, an APWA member of more than 10 years and Co-Chair of the Communication committee will fill the remaining term through June, 2019.

New Members

Full NameTitleCompany
Mr. Barry GoldfarbProject DirectorVanir Construction Management
Ampy McIntyreMarketing ManagerTankGirl Marketing
Mr. Brad NovacekCIP EngineerTown of Queen Creek
Ms. Jaimee RobinsonMarketingGannett Fleming

APWA Fall Mixer at "The Park"

What a great way to kick off the Fall season here in Phoenix!  APWA members and the Young Professionals (YP) group joined together for this year’s fall mixer, held at The Park in downtown Phoenix on September 21st.  This outdoor-turned-indoor “park” was the scene of networking with old friends and meeting new ones while we enjoyed appetizers, the self-serve craft beer garden and neon-lit game tables.   

Thank you to all of you who braved the congested downtown traffic to join us. 

And a huge thank you to our appetizer sponsors – Aztec Engineering Group, Strand Associates and Arizona Precast Concrete Pipe Association.  

AZ Chapter Member Wins "Best New Product of the Year" at the PWX 2017 in Orlando

Jeremy Haskins with Holehat accepting the award from APWA President Bo Mills.

2017 PWX Wrap Up - Orlando

Rob Kidder - Assistant City Engineer, Mesa

Orlando – As you can imagine, Florida in August can be very challenging in terms of temperature and humidity. However, it turned out that the first couple of days of the APWA Public Works Expo (PWX) really weren’t that bad as it was solid overcast. I think that was a side-effect of hurricane Harvey, which, by the way, looked awesome from the air as we were avoiding it by flying around Texas on the way to Florida.

The Education Sessions were very diverse and interesting and the Exhibit Hall was HUGE, and it was really something to see the vendors demonstrate all of their new products. I brought back many ideas and some cool products that I plan to try out here in Mesa. The joint Chapter dinner with the Texas folks was also terrific. It was held at a local Cuban restaurant (see photos) and between the food, décor and the live musicians, you felt as if you were really in Havana for dinner, very nice.   

For those that have never been to a national APWA conference, you really should try to make one as they are quite the event, kind of like the APWA Statewide Conference, only on steroids. Kansas City will be hosting the next PWX August 26-29, 2018. 



Mesa Fire and Medical Regional Dispatch and Emergency Operations Center

Written by:  David Wilkins, P.E. Sr. Civil Engineer at City of Mesa

Project Name:  Mesa Fire and Medical Regional Dispatch and Emergency Operations Center
Project Owner:  City of Mesa
Delivery Method:  Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
Construction Dates:  6/16 to 12/16
CMAR/General Contractor:  CORE Construction
Designer: HDA Architects

The City of Mesa recently completed the Mesa Fire and Medical Regional Dispatch and Emergency Operations Center, which is a new state-of-the-art public safety dispatch center providing a reliable and secure 911 call center to meet current and future demands of the City of Mesa. The project was master planned to support 12 dispatch consoles, 23 future consoles, an emergency operations center, computer and communications equipment room, and supporting administration spaces. In 2013, Mesa voters approved a bond to fund the development of a new fire and medical dispatch and emergency operations center. Shortly after voter approval, city management charged the City of Mesa Engineering Department with finding a site, programming, design and construction of the new facility.

The City selected HDA Architects as the architect and CORE Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). The first phase of the project included programming, cost model development, and selection of a site. The design team met with key fire, police, and communication personnel, toured existing facilities, developed alternative budgets, and created a final programming document to guide future design. Over 54 sites were reviewed until a site was selected and approved by the Mesa City Council. Following council approval in November 2015, the design team was tasked with completing the project by December 2016 with a $10.8 million budget.

The selected site at 708 W. Baseline Road consisted of a 13.4-acre complex which included four existing buildings. The first challenge was to determine which building should be used for the new center. Based on guidelines established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the selected building had features which met several of the key requirements. The building had existing concrete walls, adequate street setbacks, and the location on the site provided the best opportunity to build new privacy walls. 

The second phase of the project was the design and construction of the new facility. Several challenges had to be overcome to deliver the project on time and in budget. One of the major obstacles was the replacement of the existing lightweight metal roof with a new roof that mitigated outside noise and supported the existing HVAC equipment. Prior to installation of the new roof, the existing steel structure had to be reinforced and the new HVAC system had to be placed on the ground next to the building to keep structural loads to a minimum.

To make sure the project could stay within budget, most of the technology requirements were identified as soon as possible during design, and purchased by the City in advance of construction. The new technology included radio and telephone communications, computer networking, audio/visual speakers and displays, security systems, and integration of each system into the existing City network. One of the unique aspects of the project was the new 18-inch raised floor which was built to serve the new dispatch and emergency operation areas. The raised floor is used to distribute air conditioning throughout the new facility, and provides an effective way to route network cabling from the server room to each display or workstation.

The CMAR delivered the project with three GMP packages, keeping the project on schedule and within budget. Most importantly, the project was successful in meeting the needs of the City of Mesa Fire and Medical Department who provide mission critical and lifesaving services for the City of Mesa and nearby communities.

Wrecking, Taming, Putting Out Hunger for the 2017 Canstruction Event

By Laura Turiano, Senior Marketer, David Evans and Associates, Inc.

What do you get when you combine teams of architects, engineers, contractors, and suppliers (A/E/C) with over 50,000 pounds of canned food? You get 10’x10’x10’ structures of Super Mario Brothers, Phoenix Fire Fighters, Wreck-it Ralph, Mr. T, and more. 

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Arizona Chapter hosted the 11th Annual CANSTRUCTION® Design Build Competition on July 29, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center West Building. Ten teams made up of A/E/C firms from across the Valley came together to showcase their creativity and technical talent with the ultimate goal of feeding the hungry.

The event challenges teams to build a maximum 10’x10’x10’ structure entirely out of canned food in a 12-hour timeframe. Teams are then judged in six categories including “Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Most Cans, and People’s Choice.” The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that this year was held at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Downtown Phoenix. This year’s teams including the following:

1Up Hunger

Meyer, Borgman, Johnson | Wespac Construction | Devenny Group | Coreslab Structures | Facings of America

Best Original Design Award

Putting Out Hunger

Whiting-Turner Contracting | TriArc Architecture & Design | Suntec Concrete

I Pity the Fool Who Doesn’t Help End Hunger

SmithGroupJJR | Dibble Engineering | Hensel Phelps | KMI Fire

Most Cans Award

ChiCAN of the Sea

Gensler | PK Associates | Kitchell | Kapture | Corporate Interior Solutions | Airpark Signs & Graphics

Best Use of Labels Award

Rise to the Challenge


No Farm No Food

Sletten Companies

Wrecking Hunger

Weitz | Corgan | Speedie and Associates | Wood/Patel

Taming Hunger

Kimley-Horn | McCarthy | DLR Group

Best Meal Award

Rise Up Against Hunger

DWL Architecture | Schaefer Engineering | Sundt Construction

Structural Ingenuity Award

CANSTRUCTION® is a unique international charity which hosts competitions and exhibits showcasing structures made entirely from canned food. Since 1992, CANSTRUCTION® has helped raise over 50 million pounds of food for local hunger relief. CANSTRUCTION® events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Turkey Drive

The City of Mesa’s 9th annual “Great Turkey Tuesday” Turkey Drive is fast approaching.  The City of Mesa partners with the United Food Bank to help those in need during the holiday season with a nice turkey dinner. As a part of our efforts, we are reaching out to our partners to assist us in this event. Our goal is to collect 900 turkeys on November 21, 2017. If you wish to donate a turkey or turkeys, please bring them to the Mesa City Plaza Building where we will have members of our team greet you and receive your turkeys and/or cash donations. We have many fine grocery stores that will soon be running incredible specials on turkeys. A nice sized turkey is an inexpensive way to give to those who need it the most. 

We hope to see you at the event and to allow us to reach our goal of helping 900 families!

November 21,

Mesa City Plaza Building
20 E. Main Street
Mesa AZ 85201

For additional information please contact Suzanne Ledy at (480) 644-3808 or Suzanne.Ledy@Mesaaz.gov

Calling all Agencies

Do you have an upcoming Holiday charitable event in your community that you would like to mention in our next newsletter? If so, please contact Sandy Niebel (sniebel@woodpatel.com) or Scott Kirchhofer (skirchhofer@achen.com). Let’s spread the word and holiday cheer!

2017 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award

The Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award. Applications are due November 20, 2017 and can be viewed at http://arizona.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/arizona.apwa.net/File/Documents%2F2017%20Application

WESTMARC - Investing in the West Valley
September 2017

Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC President and CEO

Times have changed! Over the past 10 years, the West Valley of Phoenix has grown to 1.6 million residents, living in the area west of I-17 to Buckeye. This vibrant region is truly the gateway to the West Coast and global trade markets. Important infrastructure investments such Loop 101, Loop 303, improvements to I-I0 and just around the corner the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has brought great opportunities for residential, commercial and industrial growth. The West Valley has experienced an emergence of employment in the healthcare, finance, insurance and manufacturing industries. Since the completion of Loop 303, job growth in this region has increased by 40%. Still, we have too many residents commuting east for employment – 69% to be exact. 

Workforce is one of the most important elements in growing a stronger economy in the West Valley. Through collaboration with WESTMARC, the West Valley communities have been intensely focused on identifying, analyzing and marketing our workforce. Healthcare markets are largely dispersed throughout the region as they support 1.6 million residents over 3,000 square miles. However, in the southwest valley, an organic healthcare corridor has emerged connecting Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Abrazo West in Goodyear through IMS in Avondale to Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix. This momentum has also traveled north along Loop 101 into Glendale with the new Dignity Health St. Joseph Westgate Medical Center. Additionally, employment centers such P83 and the newly repositioned Metro Center provide a mix of office, medical, and other employment uses for the West Valley’s talented workforce. 

As mentioned, the West Valley is well positioned to capture foreign and domestic trade opportunities as the gateway to the west coast. This includes manufacturing and distribution in the western parts of the region along I-10 and Loop 303. This growing industry is rapidly changing, requiring tech-savvy employees. As the face of manufacturing evolves, so does the skills, training and wages related to these jobs. WESTMARC is partnering with industry leaders and the education community to ensure a talented workforce is available to meet this growth. 

Entertainment Districts like Westgate in Glendale and P83 in Peoria are established hubs for West Valley nightlife. Regional leaders are extremely excited about the expansion of the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort. This grand facility will change the landscape of Northern Avenue and Loop 101 adding to the entertainment options for West Valley and Greater Maricopa County residents. The West Valley is a sports fan’s dream! We’re fortunate to be the home to 9 Cactus League teams, the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix International Raceway. These sports venues have allowed us to bring major entertainment to the region. This summer alone, popular bands like Metallica, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendez filled West Valley arenas and stadiums. We also have a strong arts community dispersed throughout the region to serve residents in a more localized manner. Avondale, Wickenburg, Surprise, Peoria, Goodyear, Glendale, Tolleson and Litchfield Park have very strong arts and theater offerings for residents. 

The West Valley is by far the best place to invest. The changing demographics include a younger population of 1.6 million residents with 62% of them being workforce age and earning an average household income of $62,775 - all ready to live, work, dine and entertain in this region we call home.

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